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The hit Vikings TV series from the History Channel has been enthralled audiences worldwide since its release in 2013. This historical drama with a total of six seasons was created by Michael Hirst, an English screenwriter and producer. It follows the adventures of Ragnar Lodbrok, a legendary 9th-century Viking, and later his family, and is based equally on fact and fiction. The series was so popular that it earned many nominations and awards.  It got praised globally not just for the riveting plot and special visual effects but also for its outstanding cinematography and beautiful Vikings filming locations.

If you have seen the series, the mesmerizing landscapes from this spectacular show must have made you wonder where was Vikings filmed. Majority of the show is set in England, Denmark, and other parts of Northern Europe, though there are also scenes set around the Mediterranean. However, a lot of ‘Vikings’ filming locations are actually in Ireland. In fact, many locations can be found just south of Dublin in Wicklow County. This area is known for its lush Nordic-looking landscapes and is filled with mountains, glacial lakes, and forests. 

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Famous Vikings Filming Locations To Visit

Come let’s take you through the stunning mountains, lakes, rivers, beaches, waterfalls and countryside that will transport you to the world of the Vikings.

1. Lough Tay, County Wicklow – Kattegat

Lough Tay, County Wicklow

Lough Tay in County Wicklow is one of the main filming locations for the settlement of Kattegat. This is where Ragnar Lothbrok and his family resided in the show. Also known as “Guinness Lake” (as it’s owned by the Guinness family) the fjord-style mountains of Wicklow County provide the perfect backdrop for the fictional village. Snow and other Scandinavian elements to the scene were often digitally edited and added to make it apt for the series. Unfortunately, the Loch itself lies on private land and you can’t get up close. The set of Kattegat village was located right near the shore before it was moved to Ashford Studios in Ballyhenry.

Best Time To Visit: Summer months of June, July and August

2. Blessington Lakes, County Wicklow

Many scenes featuring Ragnar and the other Viking Norsemen exploring the vast seas on longships are also filmed on the Blessington Lakes (especially during the third season). These lakes cover 500 acres in the majestic Wicklow Mountains and were only formed over 50 years ago. This is where Ireland’s largest man-made reservoir (Pulaphuca Reservoir) from where electricity and water is supplied to many parts of Dublin. Just remember to keep away from the water as swimming is prohibited in Blessington lakes because of the many hidden dangers. Several scenes were also filmed at the nearby Lough Dan. 

Best Time To Visit: June to late August

3. Luggula Estate, County Wicklow

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Lough Tay is situated on the Luggala Estate, which is owned by the Guinness family. The Estate and its mountains also feature heavily in Vikings as the rugged Scandinavian landscape surrounding Kattegat. Luggula Estate, also known as “Fancy Mountain” is rightly famous for its breathtaking beauty and dramatic landscapes. As the estate is owned by the Guinness family, ask your tour operator to take permission if you wish to see it from close proximity.

Best Time To Visit: March through October

4. Powerscourt Waterfall, County Wicklow

Powerscourt Waterfall at Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.

Another filming location in County Wicklow was at Powerscourt. This gorgeous estate and its gardens cover 47 acres and date back to the 13th century. The 400-foot-high Powerscourt Waterfall was used in the scene where the audience is first introduced to Aslaug, the future wife of Ragnar. This waterfall is not just a popular attraction for people who loves to connect with nature but also one of the highest waterfalls in Ireland.

Best Time To Visit: Autumn months

5. Nuns Beach, County Kerry

virgin rock and cliffs in the nuns beach on the wild atlantic way, one of the vikings filming locations

Nuns Beach in County Kerry was used to film scenes set in medieval Northumbria. Located along the Wild Atlantic Way, Nuns Beach lies just beneath an old convent and gets its name from the nuns who used to bathe there. The beach is only accessible by boat or by a very steep path set on the side of the cliffs surrounding it. Just around the corner is an area called the Nine Daughters, which is associated with a fascinating legend. The story goes that the 9 daughters of the local Village Chief fell in love with Viking invaders and planned to run away with them. But, their father caught them and threw both his daughters and the Vikings into the sea, where they drowned.

Best Time To Visit: January, March and September

6. River Boyne, County Meath

In Season 4 of the show, the Vikings sail down the Seine River to take Paris. However, this was actually filmed on the Boyne River in County Meath, with the city of Paris being added in later with CGI. The Boyne River was picked for filming as it runs through some of the most beautiful countryside in Ireland. The River Boyne runs through many counties but much of the Viking scenes were filmed along the walls of nearby Slane Castle. 

Best Time To Visit: April to July

7. Ashford Studios, County Wicklow

Finally, a lot of the show’s magic happens at Ashford Studios as most part of the series was shot in this studio. Also located in County Wicklow, this campus has been the show’s base since 2013. This is because of the 30km of shore that has forest, lakes and mountains which are perfect scenic locations for outdoor scenes. Many blockbuster movies have set up their sets at Wicklow and hence this place came to be known as ‘The Hollywood of Europe’. For indoor scenes, Ashford Studios had set up detailed and immersive sets to create convincing and captivating representation of Kattegat. This location has greatly contributed to the making of the series. 

Best Time To Visit: late spring and early autumn

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Other ‘Vikings ‘ Filming Locations To Visit

  • Vik Beach and Skógafoss Waterfall in Iceland‘s South Coast, which we see in Season 5 when boat-builder Flóki (who is loosely based on the real Viking Flóki Vilgerðarson, who according to the Icelandic sagas was the first Norseman to set foot on Iceland) sets out on his own and discovers the land, which he names “The Land of the Gods”;
  • Parts of the Sahara Desert near Erfoud and Errachidia in Morocco, when in season 5, Ragnar’s eldest son Björn Ironside travels to the Mediterranean and to Sicily (because modern-day Sicily looks nothing like it did in medieval times). Here the fortress of the Byzantine commander was filmed at the Atlas Film Studios in Ouarzazate. The same fortress has previously been used in several other films, including Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Gladiator (2000) and The Mummy (1999). 

Last but not the least, don’t miss to visit the Dublinia Viking Festival and Museum in Ireland. It is at the Dublinia Viking Festival where one can see what life was like aboard a Viking warship. Different Viking houses, the weapons they used and the clothes exhibited here are sure to take one back in time. The museum too has a good collection of artifacts that shows the blend between the old and new Dublin. 

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Final Thoughts

These remarkable Vikings shooting locations has been instrumental in creating an immersive depiction of the Viking age that led to the huge success of the series. Must say, the beautiful landscapes of Iceland have left an indelible mark in the hearts of its audience forever. Are there any Vikings filming locations that we’ve missed? If so, be sure to share them in the comments below.

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Some FAQs On Vikings Filming Locations

During the first two seasons the entire town of Kattegat was the Vikings filming locations. From the filming of the third season the shooting was moved to Ashford Studios in Ireland to make it easy for the cast and crew to get to the location. The good news for Vikings fans is that, both the real Kattegat Vikings location and the manmade location at Ashford Studios are open for people to visit.

The stunning Nuns beach in the west Coast of Ireland is where the battle scene was shot, the black sand beaches near Vík is where the Land of the Gods that Flóki was shot in season 5 and Silverstrand beach in the south of Wicklow are beaches where the Vikings series was filmed. 

Although the majority of the series was filmed in Ireland, some breathtaking serene landscapes in Norway were also used to film Vikings.  The most significant Norwegian filming location was the village of Avaldsnes in Karmøy as it offered a wealth of stunning landscapes. Apart from these two locations, Denmark, Sweden, distant lands like England, France, and even the Mediterranean’s geographical area was explored over the course of its six seasons.

The Golden land in Vikings discovered by Ubbe and the settlers is believed to be in North America. The land is called ‘Golden Land’ as the land is quite fertile with forest, fruits, water and animals.

The longboat scenes with mountains, are shot on location in Nærøyfjorden in Norway, not Blessington Lakes. Same with the mountain fjord scenes as seen from Kattegat.

Some scenes involving longboats were indeed shot on location in Nærøyfjorden, but many others were filmed in Ireland on Blessington Lake (you can see an article covering it here ), and as this article focuses primarily on the show’s filming locations in Ireland, Blessington Lakes is the location we have chosen to include.

I have been going through your blog for quite a while now and i seriously love the updates you give.

Thank you for this beautiful article and specific location. Indeed Ireland an Norway are gorgeous.

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Coolmore at Ashford Stud

Visit the Bluegrass home of international breeding giant Coolmore , one of the biggest global players in the bloodstock industry with large operations in Ireland and Australia as well. Behind Ashford Stud’s historic stone walls find some of the most sought-after horseflesh in the world as well as a storied history. Come and see why Coolmore’s farms around the world have earned the moniker of the Home of Champions – and you may even see a Triple Crown winner (or two!).

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Facilities  Three sound stages on 500 acres of pristine rural back lot.

Location  26 miles from Dublin city centre and 50 minutes from Dublin airport.

  • Gasworks Stage: 30,000 sq. ft.
  • Box Stage: 14,500 sq. ft.
  • Christmas Tree Stage: 12,500 sq. ft.

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Phase 1 (Existing) 73,000 sq. ft. of stage space 87,000 sq. ft. of service space 9 acre backlot

Phase 2 170,000 sq. ft. of stage space 526,000 sq. ft. of support space

Contact: www.as hfordstudios.com Email:  [email protected]

Coolmore America is happy to welcome horse racing fans and enthusiasts to the farm but please remember that it is a working thoroughbred horse farm so we schedule tours around the routines of our horses and employees.

Tours are offered on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 2.30pm and tickets can be booked at https://visithorsecountry.com/coolmore-at-ashford-stud or via 859-963-1004. Please use these contact details rather than contacting the farm directly. Tickets must be purchased in advance as there will not be any walk up sales available at the farm.

Tours conclude in our visitors’ center which features interactive videos of our stallions.

**Please note that several of our stallions, including American Pharoah, will be travelling for the southern hemisphere breeding season and will not be included in tours from the beginning of July to late-December.

Please visit our Instagram , Twitter and Facebook pages for photos and updates on American Pharoah and our other stallions.

Connecticut Art and Garden Tour

Join us this summer for the 2024 Art and Garden Tour of Northeastern Connecticut! Come out, relax, and enjoy a tour of artists' gardens and studios in beautiful northeastern Connecticut.

June 8 & 9th, 10am - 5pm in Mansfield, Willington, Coventry, and Ashford.

Here's some work from Scott Rhoades , who was randomly selected when this page loaded! This is our end-of-the-alphabet artist appreciation section!

John C. Starinovich at Holes in the Woods

Wall hung sculpted mirrored tree holes with adornments and sculpted tree sections..

His garden features a woodland walk, numerous informal garden areas, acres of mountain laurel and half acre pond.

John Starinovich uses natural holes from downed trees combined with metals, crystals, deer antler, bone, shells, seed pods, various woods, LED lights, and most importantly, mirrors to create his sculptures. His garden features a woodland walk, mountain laurel and half acre pond.

2023 Tour: June 10 & 11th, 10am - 5pm

Come visit John's studio this year!

Holes in the Woods

17 Lustig Rd Willington, CT 06279

Shauna Shane at FentonRiver Studio

Oil, w/c, pastel, acrylic and sculpture.

Visit my garden to find a vibrant display of colorful blooms, sculptures, a Koi pond, a large lighted fairie house, and cast cement leaves.

My studio offers beautiful impressionist paintings in a variety of mediums, emphasizing skilled application of color, atmosphere, and emotion.

Come visit Shauna's studio this year!

FentonRiver Studio

287 Gurleyville Rd Mansfield, CT 06268

Flying Dragon Farm Studio

The garden has flowers and vegetables, fruit trees and berry bushes and is home to birds and bees. There is an aquaponics greenhouse and a fish pond, too.

mary noonan at Flying Dragon Farm Studio

Oil, watercolor, encaustic, graphite, collage.

The studio will host three artists and their work. The barn studio is a welcoming place to visit next to a big, colorful garden. Come wonder through the garden , see our art and meet the artists.

mary is hosting a group show this year:

533 Chaffeeville Rd Mansfield, CT 06268

Leanne Peters at Flying Dragon Farm Studio

Graphite, digital, oil paint.

I offer canvas prints, cards, bookmarks, postcards, puzzles and more reproductions of my colorful, detailed nature artworks. Always something to find that's new in the works!

Leanne is a guest at a group show this year:

Elizabeth Clark at Flying Dragon Farm Studio

Jewelry and other things, metals, wood, stone, beads, resin, silver, bronze, glass.

I create jewelry and other crafts with many different materials. Natural elements may be used or symbolized with a touch of whimsy.

Elizabeth is a guest at a group show this year:

Khuyay Farm

Last year I began to learn the important part native plants play in our ecosystem. Last year I started a new shade garden and backyard native plant garden, with a goal of having 75% natives on my property. It’s a work in progress and I’m always adding to my gardens!

Janet Dauphin at Khuyay Farm

Fused glass.

I’ve been fusing glass for about five years and I still get excited every time I open my kiln to see my finished products. I make window hangings, nightlights, dishes, and more. New this year are necklaces with stunning glass pendants. Come see my new shade and native plant gardens and meet my alpacas! Feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in my expansive backyard!

Janet is hosting a group show this year:

441 Warrenville Rd Mansfield, CT 06250

Nora Lili Charters at Khuyay Farm

Photography.

Found Momentsa celebration of the beauty of life.I will be showing paper and canvas prints of my photographs of Khuyay farm and small town life.

Nora is a guest at a group show this year:

144 Warrenville Rd Mansfield, CT 06250

Michelle Allison at Michelle Metal Art

Metal sculpture.

Two gardens: a perennial flora garden with a water feature and numerous architectural elements. Also an installation sculpture space featuring my own work, utilizing new and recycled metal.

Featuring scaled up, steel outdoor sculptures. Executed as fabricated and welded vessels, reflecting my continuing exploration of intensely colored classical hollow forms.

Come visit Michelle's studio this year!

Michelle Metal Art

638 Browns Rd Mansfield, CT 06268

Scott Rhoades at Scott Rhoades Studio

Acrylic paint.

My wife, Ellie, and I have created a backyard that we enjoy working and relaxing in. Ellie’s gardening and my studio work are enhanced with landscaping ideas that we work on together.

I am a Storrs, Connecticut artist who works in the style of traditional realism using acrylic paint. My subject matter includes the wilderness, barns, historic buildings, and more.

Come visit Scott's studio this year!

Scott Rhoades Studio

422 Browns Rd Mansfield, CT 06268

Barbara Timberman at Barbara L Timberman

My Cottage Garden contains a mix of intensively planted green vegetables, harvested at the peak of readiness, and immediately replaced by the next crop. Strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries and blackberries come each in their season to provide our household with desserts and jams. Visitors in June will delight in the abundance of lettuces planted in red-and-green patterns; garden peas and snap peas coming into harvest; chard, broccoli, beans and other, later veggies all are laid out in pleasing blocks of greenery with the startling explosion of color from the central poppy walk. The herb garden supplies us with all the culinary flavors needed in the kitchen and surrounding the entire edible gardens are the delightful flowers of late spring: foxgloves and roses, Canterbury bells and columbines.

A quiet sanctuary—my Cottage Garden is a mix of vegetables, herbs, perennial and annual flowers enticing the visitor to wander, to rest, to draw and to engage the senses. Visitors are welcome to come for an afternoon of chat, share a cup of tea or indulge in quiet enjoyment. Feel free to bring sketchbook or camera.

Come visit Barbara's studio this year!

Barbara L Timberman

1194 Main St Coventry, CT 06238

Maple Brook Studio

Aline hoffman at maple brook studio, forest delights, gourd sculpture, pyrography, painting.

A warm invitation: enjoy outdoor sculptures; front yard Labyrinth; backyard ‘emerging’ Sanctuary Garden. Indoors: unique Forest Delights series & gourd art. Nature is my inspiration.

Aline is hosting a group show this year:

950 Main St Coventry, CT 06238

Elizabeth Lindorff at Maple Brook Studio

I throw and hand build pottery that is both functional to use daily, as well as distinctive to use for special occasions. The stoneware pieces are food-safe and may be used in the dishwasher, microwave or oven. Each pot is unique with glazes that complement rather than repeat on similar pieces. I hope that the enjoyment I have when I’m working with my clay shows on the finished work.

Jane Rackliffe Fused Glass

Hidden in the woods, you will find my “secret garden”, a favorite destination to children and their parents in our neighborhood on Lake Chaffee. Before you reach the garden, you will travel past several raised vegetable and herb gardens and my greenhouse shed, which displays my fuse glass artwork in the summer. The main garden features paths and boardwalks over a brook, a large collection of labeled miniature hostas, a variety of other shade plants and several raised beds created from recycled daybeds. Hand made stepping stones, a totem pole, and other surprises can be found throughout the garden.

Jane Rackliffe at Jane Rackliffe Fused Glass

Exploring the the possibilities of turning glass into art as well as working in my ever expanding “Secret Garden” are my passions.

Jane is hosting a group show this year:

49 Lake View Dr Ashford, CT 06278

Dan Rackliffe at Jane Rackliffe Fused Glass

My work consist of functional, useful pieces for the home. I primarily use a delightful blue glaze that breaks nicely over the textured surface. All of my pottery is food safe, microwave safe and oven ready.

Dan is a guest at a group show this year:

Willow Tree Pottery

Set in an old hayfield, this is a blowsy, overstuffed cottage garden. There are arbors, informal hedges, stone benches, an armillary, and a Szalay hummingbird print on the kiln shed. We've added a few new things this year. You are invited to sit or wander.

Suzy Staubach at Willow Tree Pottery

Stoneware baking dishes, serving platters, bowls, garden finials, bee baths, plant markers, garden bells, and more. Cottage gardens to wander. Come enjoy!

Suzy is hosting a group show this year:

24 Bebbington Rd Ashford, CT 06278

Barbara Katz at Willow Tree Pottery

I am a sculptor and potter working with clay. I create pottery and sculpture for the home and garden.

Barbara is a guest at a group show this year:

Gretchen Geromin and Lauren Merlo at Willow Tree Pottery

We work as a team collaborating on handmade cutting boards and signs made from local trees. Each piece is enhanced with Gretchen's wood burned art.

Gretchen is a guest at a group show this year:

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Our studios are set in irelands beautiful ‘garden of ireland’, wicklow county. located just 40 minutes from irelands capital city, dublin and airport and surrounded by the worlds most spectacular locations..

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The Ashford Studios Development

Consent has been granted (19/01476/AS) for the following:

  • Four x 20,000 sq.ft TV/Film studios with associated post production offices and ancillary spaces, workshops and media village
  • Hotel of 120 bedrooms including ancillary space, a further 62 serviced apartments and conference space
  • Multi-storey car park of 383 spaces
  • Internal and external alterations to the listed Engine and Locomotive Shed buildings, including increasing the height by an additional two storeys to provide flexible commercial floorspace for use in connection with the film/TV studios of B1/D1 accommodation
  • 302 residential units, including café and internal parking for 322 cars within the Locomotive Shed buildings
  • Gym and restaurant use
  • Change of use, internal and external alterations to three other listed buildings on site to provide ancillary uses to the film/TV studios
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Over the 12-acre campus, there are plenty of shared spaces including a full length pedestrian walkway, an artery that links all uses.

An exciting planted thoroughfare is designed for between the locomotive sheds.

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Local rail services, the majority run by Southeastern, connect Ashford to London and the surrounding area, including Maidstone, Ebbsfleet, Sevenoaks and the stunning Kent coastline.

Ashford is just off of the M20 motorway, 10 minutes from the Channel Tunnel, 38 miles from the M25 and just an hour from London.

Several local services, and many from further across Kent, serve Ashford town centre.

At less than 500m from the train station, biking from the train station is easy and supported by a network of dedicated cycle routes around Ashford and beyond.

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Sturgill Simpson Reveals New Album, Tour - and Name

Sturgill Simpson is back with an upcoming new album, new tour - and a new name. Simpson revealed a new persona named Johnny Blue Skies, as well as a new album, Passage Du Desir, which is due July 12 via his own independent label High Top Mountain Records.

Johnny Blue Skies recorded and produced the project with David Ferguson at Nashville's Clement House Recording Studio, as well as at London's Abbey Road Studios. The upcoming project marks his first since 2021's The Ballad of Dood and Juanita .

The eight-song project will include compositions including "Mint Tea," "If the Sun Never Rises Again," "Swamp of Sadness" and "Jupiter's Faerie."

Simpson's new moniker will be introduced to his audiences on his upcoming Why Not? Tour this fall, which will launch Aug. 11 with a festival slot at Outside lands in San Francisco. His band includes drummer Miles Miller, guitarist Laur Joamets, bassist Kevin Black, and keyboardist Robbie Crowell.

The tour includes shows in Nashville (Oct. 11 at Bridgestone Arena), Detroit's Fox Theatre, The Gorge Amphitheater in George, Wash., as well as two shows at Toronto, Ontario's Massey Hall and two shows at Chicago's The Salt Shed.

See the track list for Passage Du Desir below, as well as the full tour dates listing:

Passage Du Desir  tracklist:

  • "Swamp of Sadness"
  • "If the Sun Never Rises Again"
  • "Scooter Blues"
  • "Jupiter's Faerie"
  • "Right Kind of Dream"
  • "One for the Road"

Tour dates:

  • Aug. 9-11-San Francisco, CA-Outside Lands
  • Sept. 14-Los Angeles, CA-The Greek Theatre*
  • Sept. 15-Santa Barbara, CA-Santa Barbara Bowl*
  • Sept. 17-West Valley City, UT-Maverik Center*
  • Sept. 19-Bend, OR-Hayden Homes Amphitheater*
  • Sept. 20-George, WA-The Gorge Amphitheatre†
  • Sept. 22-Missoula, MT-KettleHouse Amphitheater*
  • Sept. 24-Moorhead, MN-Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater*
  • Sept. 25-Minneapolis, MN-Roy Wilkins Auditorium*
  • Sept. 27-Lexington, KY-Rupp Arena*
  • Sept. 28-Detroit, MI-Fox Theatre*
  • Oct. 1-Chicago, IL-Salt Shed*
  • Oct. 2-Chicago, IL-Salt Shed*
  • Oct. 4-Brandon, MS-The Brandon Amphitheater*
  • Oct. 4-6-Austin, TX-Austin City Limits Music Festival
  • Oct. 8-Oklahoma City, OK-Criterion*
  • Oct. 9-Rogers, AR-Walmart AMP*
  • Oct. 11-13-Austin, TX-Austin City Limits Music Festival
  • Oct. 15-St. Louis, MO-Fabulous Fox Theatre*
  • Oct. 18-Pittsburgh, PA-Petersen Events Center*
  • Oct. 19-Forest Hills, NY-Forest Hills Stadium
  • Oct. 21-Asheville, NC-ExploreAsheville.com Arena* 
  • Oct. 22-Cary, NC-Koka Booth Amphitheatre*
  • Oct. 24-Duluth, GA-Gas South Arena*
  • Oct. 25-Nashville, TN-Bridgestone Arena*
  • Nov. 12-Philadelphia, PA-The Met*
  • Nov. 15-Hampton, VA-Hampton Coliseum*
  • Nov. 18-Washington, DC-The Anthem*
  • Nov. 20-Toronto, ON-Massey Hall*
  • Nov. 21-Toronto, ON-Massey Hall*
  • Nov. 23-Boston, MA-MGM Music Hall at Fenway*

*"An Evening with Sturgill Simpson"

†with very special guest Lord Huron

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Sturgill Simpson Reveals New Album, Tour - and Name

Sturgill Simpson announces tour with concert stop in Asheville: What to know about dates, tickets

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Country music singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson returns to music this year with the release of a new album, " Passage Du Desir ," and return to the road with the "Why Not? Tour." On Oct. 21, Simpson will perform in Asheville at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Harrah's Cherokee Center - Asheville.

The announcement was made Wednesday, June 5. The tour, beginning Aug. 11 at Outside Lands in San Francisco, will be Simpson's first in over four years. Eight-song album "Passage Du Desir" will be released July 12 and is accompanied by a name change: Simpson is now using the name "Johnny Blue Skies."

"Passage Du Desir" was produced by Johnny Blue Skies and David Ferguson and recorded at Clement House Recording Studio in Nashville and Abbey Road Studios in London.

Here's what to know about tour dates, tickets and the new album.

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Sturgill Simpson tour 2024

Simpson and his band, including bass player Kevin Black, keyboardist Robbie Crowell, guitarist Laur Joamets and drummer Miles Miller, will play at 30 locations during the "Why Not? Tour," which begins in August and ends in November.

While Simpson's new album is written under the nom de plume Johnny Blue Skies, the 2024 tour will still be performed under the name Sturgill Simpson.

The full list of tour locations and dates includes:

  • Aug. 9-11: San Francisco, California, Outside Lands
  • Sept. 14: Los Angeles, California, The Greek Theatre
  • Sept. 15: Santa Barbara, California, Santa Barbara Bowl
  • Sept. 17: West Valley City, Utah, Maverik Center
  • Sept. 19: Bend, Oregon, Hayden Homes Amphitheater
  • Sept. 20: George, Washington, The Gorge Amphitheatre
  • Sept. 22: Missoula, Montana, KettleHouse Amphitheater
  • Sept. 24: Moorhead, Minnesota, Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater
  • Sept. 25: Minneapolis, Minnesota, Roy Wilkins Auditorium
  • Sept. 27: Lexington, Kentucky, Rupp Arena
  • Sept. 28: Detroit, Michigan, Fox Theatre
  • Oct. 1: Chicago, Illinois, Salt Shed
  • Oct. 2: Chicago, Illinois, Salt Shed
  • Oct. 4: Brandon, Mississippi, The Brandon Amphitheater
  • Oct. 4-6: Austin, Texas, Austin City Limits Music Festival
  • Oct. 8: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Criterion
  • Oct. 9: Rogers, Arkansas, Walmart AMP
  • Oct. 11-13: Austin, Texas, Austin City Limits Music Festival
  • Oct. 15: St. Louis, Missouri, Fabulous Fox Theatre
  • Oct. 18: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Petersen Events Center
  • Oct. 19: Forest Hills, New York, Forest Hills Stadium
  • Oct. 21: Asheville, North Carolina, ExploreAsheville.com Arena
  • Oct. 22: Cary, North Carolina, Koka Booth Amphitheatre
  • Oct. 24: Duluth, Georgia, Gas South Arena
  • Oct. 25: Nashville, Tennessee, Bridgestone Arena
  • Nov. 12: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Met
  • Nov. 15: Hampton, Virginia, Hampton Coliseum
  • Nov. 18: Washington, D.C., The Anthem
  • Nov. 20: Toronto, Ontario, Massey Hall
  • Nov. 21: Toronto, Ontario, Massey Hall
  • Nov. 23: Boston, Massachusetts, MGM Music Hall at Fenway

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What songs are on Sturgill Simpson's new album?

Simpson's album, "Passage Du Desir," will be released on July 12, with preorders available now .

The list of songs on the album is:

  • “Swamp of Sadness”
  • “If the Sun Never Rises Again”
  • “Scooter Blues”
  • “Jupiter’s Faerie”
  • “Right Kind of Dream”
  • “One for the Road”

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Sturgill Simpson tickets

Simpson's website offers a list of the tour locations and the option to either purchase tickets or register for presale for locations that are not yet selling tickets.

Tickets for Simpson's Asheville show will go on sale June 14, with presales available June 13. Tickets are sold through Ticketmaster .

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Iris Seaton is the trending news reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach her at [email protected].

Taylor Swift's Eras Tour to end this December, singer announces

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Sorry Swifties,  Taylor Swift  will not extend her record-breaking, behemoth  Eras Tour  to 2025.

"This is the very first time I’ve ever acknowledged to myself and admitted that this tour is going to end in December," the singer said sentimentally during her "All Too Well" speech before the 10-minute song.

"This tour has really become my entire life, it's taken over everything, like I think I once had hobbies," she joked in her bedazzled red and black jacket. "All I do when I'm not on stage is sit at home and try to think of clever acoustic song mashups and think about what you might want to hear."

Her acoustic section has become a fan-favorite, unique to every city. The singer began mashing up songs in 2024. Swift still has about  30 songs in her vast discography left to perform.

"You have done so much to be with us," she continued. "You've made plans so far in advance. You planned what you were going to wear. You memorized lyrics. You got yourself here. You figured out parking. You figured out transportation, and I want spend the 100th show just thinking about that and living in that moment and being here with you, and just know I appreciate every single ounce of effort that you put in to be with us when this show reaches triple digits in shows. So thank you!"

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Taylor Swift's journey: Eras Tour 'spans 18 years of music'

In November 2022, Taylor Swift announced her magnum opus  on social media , "I’m enchanted to announce my next tour: Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour, a journey through the musical eras of my career (past and present!) The first leg of the tour will be in stadiums across the US, with international dates to be announced as soon as we can!"

The original post only showed 27 concerts over the course of a year. The demand quickly escalated that number to  66 shows for year one  and 86 for year two in 22 countries (U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Australia, Singapore, France, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Poland, Austria and Canada).

With  album announcements , music video reveals, special guests appearances and a  whole new "Tortured Poets" set  unveiled in Paris, France, the tour has continued to evolve and impress. Swift has broken attendance records for many stadiums across the world and countries have welcomed the singer in innovative ways. A hidden language of Swift-ese has developed in the form of friendship bracelets, custom concert chants ("1, 2, 3 let's go b****" and "Where you going Taylor?") and unforgettable dance moves. Tens of thousands of fans log on to watch livestreams every concert night anticipating Swift's outfits and  custom mashups  of songs not included in the massive  46-song set list .

A year of the Eras Tour: A look back at Taylor Swift's record-breaking show

Swift's concert movie  bypassed production studios as the singer worked directly with AMC as a distributor bringing fans dancing and singing in the aisles. The movie is available to  watch on Disney+ .

No word on if she will release a second movie with the newly scrambled show and additional set.

Swift is only a third of the way through her 51 European stops. In the fall, she will come back to North America, heading to Miami, New Orleans and Indianapolis in October and November and then Canada. Her last show for 2024 is on Dec. 8 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rory McIlroy calls off Florida divorce right before U.S. Open. Here's what to know

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After confirming his divorce barely a month ago, four-time major champion professional golfer Rory McIlroy is now saying he and his wife of seven years Erica Stoll have " resolved our differences ."

An attorney for McIlroy filed a motion Tuesday to voluntarily dismiss a divorce petition that was filed on behalf of the golfer in Palm Beach County. Just days before the U.S. Open started in at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina on Thursday.

Who is Rory McIlroy?

Rory McIlroy is a Northern Irish professional golfer, considered the third-ranked golfer in the world. The 35-year-old is a member of both the European Tour and the PGA Tour.

McIlroy won four majors in four years – 2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA Championship, 2014 Open Championship and PGA Championship. That's all but one, the Masters, which would give him a golf majors "grand slam."

This year, McIlroy is fourth on the PGA Tour money list with over $7.7 million in winnings. His 317 yards per drive ranks him second on tour in driving distance.

What part of Florida does Rory McIlroy live in?

Rory McIlroy lives in the guard-gated Bear's Club golf community in Jupiter. He and Stoll purchased the property for $11 million in 2017, according to records.

According to the New York Post , the 13,000-square-foot mansion is situated on almost 2.5 acres of land. Worth boasts "nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a home theater, a recording studio, a guest house, a tennis court and membership to a Jack Nicklaus golf course."

A Redfin estimate puts the property at over $20 million today.

When did McIlroy and his wife get married?

McIlroy met his wife at the 2012 Ryder Cup when Stoll, a former employee of the PGA of America, helped McIlroy get transportation to his tee time after a time zone mix up. McIlroy and his wife didn't begin dating until 2015. They tied the knot two years later in a celebrity-studded ceremony at Ashford Castle in Ireland.

They have one daughter together, Poppy Kennedy McIlroy  born on Aug. 31, 2020 in Jupiter.

Why was Rory McIlroy splitting from his wife?

According to USA TODAY, Rory McIlroy filed documents for divorce on May 13, seeking enforcement of a prenuptial agreement between the two and a parenting plan going forward.

At the time McIlroy did not share the reasons for the filing. News outlets noticed McIlroy's attorney, Thomas Sasser, wrote in the documents that "the marriage was irretrievably broken." His representatives also confirmed the news to the Telegraph and adding his desire was to ensure this difficult time was as "respectful and amicable as possible."

The divorce filing came days before Mcllroy competed in the  PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club  in Louisville, Kentucky, where he finished tied for 12th place.

People Magazine shared he was seen without his wedding ring while competing in the championship at the Valhalla Golf Club. Stoll was also spotted without her ring during an event in Jupiter.

Why did Rory McIlroy call off his divorce?

Nearly one month after filing, representatives for the golfer told The Guardian of London he filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss the divorce documents on June 11.

"There have been rumors about my personal life recently, which is unfortunate," McIlroy said in a statement to the outlet. "Responding to each rumor is a fool's game. Over the past weeks, Erica and I have realized that our best future was as a family together. Thankfully, we have resolved our differences and look forward to a new beginning."

Is Rory wearing his wedding ring at the 2024 U.S. Open?

Rory McIlroy was shown in photos during Friday's second round of the U.S. Open without a wedding ring.

Did Rory McIlroy make the U.S. Open cut?

Rory McIlroy was leading the U.S. Open going into Friday's second round and finished in the top five at 3 under par. His score is expected to be several shots better than the cut , so he will play the weekend.

What majors has Rory McIlroy won?

McIlroy has won the 2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA Championship, 2014 Open Championship and 2014 PGA Championship.

He was not won a major championship trophy in a decade. In a pre-tournament press conference on Tuesday, McIlroy spoke about his career and his goal to secure a fifth win .

“I’m really proud of my body of work over the past 15 years and everything that I have achieved, whether it be season-long titles or individual tournaments or majors,” McIlroy said. “Obviously getting my hands on a fifth major has taken quite a while, but I’m more confident than ever that I’m right there, that I’m as close as I’ve ever been.”

Contributing reporting: Cydney Henderson , USA TODAY

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